World’s largest and smelliest flower blooms in Brazil
Hundreds of people are visiting a botanical garden in southeastern Brazil to watch the world’s smelliest and largest tropical flower Titan arum bloom.
The flower is also known as the “corpse flower,” as its smell is likened to rotting flesh, the Telegraph reported.
It began blooming on Christmas and is already beginning to close, botanist Patricia Oliveira said.
The flower has a lifespan of 72 hours, during which its stink and meat-coloration draw pollinators: carrion flies and beetles, Oliveira, who works at the Inhotim garden that houses the massive flower, said.
Titan arum, also known by its scientific name, “Amorphophallus titanum,” that means misshapen giant penis, is native to the rainforests of western Sumatra.
It rarely blooms, is incredibly hard to cultivate and takes six years to grow.
On Thursday, the specimen in Brazil reached 5 feet 3 inches in height, but the species can grow up to over 10 feet tall.
This was the second time that the flower had bloomed. The first time was in December 201, Oliveira added.
When it flowers, the bloom has the same temperature as that of the human body, which helps spread its overpowering smell. – ANI